is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She is known as the creator, writer, and star of the HBO television series Girls
(2012–2017), for which she received several Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe Awards. Dunham also directed several episodes of Girls
and became the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series. Prior to Girls
, Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in the semi-autobiographical independent film Tiny Furniture
(2010), for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.